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Why Are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

If you have problems with wisdom teeth and are considering dental extractions in Doylestown, OH, Dr. Maryann Jacko, Dr. Jonathan Siefker, and Dr. Leah Divito of Doylestown Dental are available for consultation. 

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that make an appearance for most people between the ages of 17 and 21 years old. For some people, they just erupt and function naturally. Unfortunately, for many others, that is not the case. 

Lack of Space

The most common reason for having problems with wisdom teeth is lack of space in the mouth. This can result in several issues. 

  • Teeth not erupting
  • Teeth erupt partially 
  • Teeth grow sideways

Impacted teeth are just not able to erupt fully and correctly. This leads to pain and potentially infection. A flap of skin may grow over the teeth and this leads to food being trapped. Decay can be the result. Since wisdom teeth are not technically required, the decision is often made to just remove the teeth even if no issues exist.

Why Extraction May Be the Right Choice

Dental extractions in Doylestown, OH, can be the right choice when it comes to wisdom teeth. Many dentists feel it is the correct thing to do before they cause problems. But some problems can be the reasons why it is decided to extract wisdom teeth. 

Decay - When wisdom teeth develop cavities, you have a choice. The cavities can be filled, which can be difficult given the location of the teeth and extracting them. 

Affecting other teeth - The lack of space for the wisdom teeth can cause dental problems when the teeth try to come in. It can push adjacent teeth out of alignment. The potential for needing orthodontic work can become evident. 

Wisdom tooth comes in sideways - An impacted wisdom tooth can come in sideways, which is not only painful but means the tooth has to be removed before it causes more serious issues. 

Treatment

When wisdom teeth are causing pain or infection, removal is the correct path to follow. In the interim, over-the-counter pain medication can relieve some symptoms. Your dentist or oral surgeon will use local anesthesia to numb the area before the removal. Afterward, you may be provided with pain medication and told to apply ice to keep swelling to a minimum. It takes a few days to get back to normal, but it will be a relief to have the extra molars gone. 

Dr. Jacko, Dr. Siefker,  and Dr. Divito of Doylestown Dental provide services that can help with wisdom teeth issues.  When it comes to dental extractions in Doylestown, OH, talk to the experts. Set up an appointment at 330-658-6983.

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